SAFE: Prioritizing Youth Safety with Research Based Volunteer Screening Practices

We invite you to a free training on the latest in volunteer screening best practices and identifying potential child sexual predators

Is your nonprofit following volunteer screening best practices?

  • Experts estimate that 94-98 percent of child sexual predators have clean background checks.
  • Peak vulnerability for boys and girls are ages 7 to 13.
  • One study of 4,000 abusers found 20 percent reported they had their first victim before they were 10, another 43 percent began to molest between the ages of 10 to 15, and 76 percent said they began to molest before age 20

IYS has found that less than 11 percent of youth programs use best practices to protect youth. Improve the statistics – join us!

SAFE: Prioritizing Youth Safety with Research Based Volunteer Screening Practices is a free, full-day training on preventing child sexual abuse in youth-serving programs. The training will explore tools to help decide if a volunteer is a good fit for your program. In partnership with the Ford Family Foundation, the Institute for Youth Success will offer free SAFE workshops in these communities:

  • August 19, Phoenix, Oregon, Jackson County Fire District #5, 5811 S Pacific Hwy Phoenix, OR 97535
  • August 23, Albany, Oregon, Mid-Willamette Valley YMCA, 3201 Pacific Blvd. Albany, OR 97321
  • September 22, Hood River, Oregon, Hood River County Library, 502 State St., Hood River, OR 97031
  • Friday, September 30, Clackamas County ESD 13455 SE 97th AVE Clackamas OR 97015

Registration is required. Lunch will be provided at each of the sessions.

Information covered in this training is sensitive and may trigger participants in a personal way. Due to the nature of the discussion, we recommend that the staff member attending the training is of management-level.

For questions or comments, please contact Meghan Perry at or 503.275.9579.